Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six M.I.T. Students Who Took Vegas for Millions Bringing Down the House discussion

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message 1: by Gearoid (new)

Gearoid It looks good, how was it?

Brianne Such a good book. I read the whole thing while stuck at the airport for a whole day (yay for mechanical problems!) and absolutely loved it.

Steve Strong +1 +2 what? Don't distract me.

Jessie I always reread this one right before I visit Vegas.

Luke I picked it up at a thrift store down the road from MIT! It's certainly not heavyweight material, but it's great as a travel read.

message 6: by Ray (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ray Really liked this book, a great read before a trip to Vegas.

message 7: by Ray (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ray Andd wrote: "And would you read it AFTER a trip to Vegas?"

Sure, good read anytime but helped in setting the mood for an upcoming Vegas trip.

message 8: by One (new) - rated it 3 stars

One Flew The content and story is great, the writing style and historical accuracy are weak.

Kelly Waldschmidt I thought this was worth reading.

message 10: by Anny (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anny Enjoyable reading. Introduce you a bit more on how Maths is actually useful in real life more than you know it *laugh*

message 11: by Jon (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jon Liked the book. Used to listen to it on my weekly drives to the casino...

@Anny, doesn't it make you wonder why they don't teach that to kids in school? :)

message 12: by Anny (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anny @Jon: Well, as the book said you need to be some sort of a math genius to be able to do the trick (quick count and memorizing). But I agree that would make the kids pay more attention to maths. If my teacher was that creative maybe I'd been on my way to MIT ;)

message 13: by Jon (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jon @Anny,
Nah, one doesn't need to be a math genius at all. Both counting and memorization are skills that can be learned.

I know from experience because I can memorize an entire shuffled deck of cards (including rank and suit) in under 5 minutes, and the only reason I can do that is because I had to learn how to do it and then practice.

message 14: by Anny (new) - rated it 4 stars

Anny @Jon: Woow, guess I should have you around if I ever go to Vegas. But then I'd be better suited to be the counter (woman/asian), you should be the gorilla then *laughs*

message 15: by Joan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Joan This book was curious when discussing the point of view of the author to the actual man who was part of the MIT students who took over -took down the Blackjack playing of Vegas and other casinos. But it got rather "sensational" at the end, and for me it ruined the story. I did not need to know some of the debauchery of their experiences. But as a story it was a fast read and the events were almost unbelievable at times! Not something Vegas or any gambling institution will probably see happen again in this world.

Randall Christopher I absolutely loved this book. It was entirely more impressive than the movie, and I thought that was fairly decent. The book had me hooked from the very beginning. I loved the description of the party where he was "kidnapped" and had to give the card count after being taken. If even a portion of this book is true, that is really quite amazing. If all of it is, then it's even more impressive. I liked Mezrich's style and read many of his other books because of this very book. None seem to be able to stand next to this one, and that's simply because of how good I think this one is. Simply a fun read.

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